Style this wedding season is all about embracing color

Models present creations by Pakistani designer Saira Rizwan during the Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC) Bridal Week 2019 in Lahore on September 27, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 13 November 2019

Style this wedding season is all about embracing color

  • Pakistan’s most stylish are putting their strongest hue forward for winter weddings
  • Brightness is in the air as style gurus get ready for the country’s most anticipated festive season

ISLAMABAD: Temperatures are low and holidays are on their way which means Pakistan’s most anticipated festive season is well and here: wedding season! When it’s cold and dreary (read: smoggy) outside, it’s tempting to layer on dark hues, forgo structure for elastic waistbands and drape oneself in warmth, but some of Pakistan’s most stylish are tackling cold weather and wedding season by marching forth into wedding hall (or tent) in saturated colors! This year for wedding season pack a punch by donning ensembles that do not shy away from bold color expression.

Fashion and film stylist Samiya Ansari recently attended a wedding in Karachi in a magenta saree-lehnga hybrid by Pakistani designer Sania Maskatiya. On the deeper end of the pink spectrum, the look is still a welcome hit of brightness in the winter wedding season.

Samiya Ansari. 9th November, 2019. (Via Samiya Ansari Instagram)

Fashion editor and stylist Mehek Saeed rocked a monochromatic teal kaftan with blue embroidery for a recent wedding with metallic silver light-reflective accessories.

Mehek Saeed. 20th October, 2019. (Via Mehek Saeed Instagram)

Speaking of accessories, designer and fashion blogger Sarah Cheema shared a shot of spirited khussay with multi-colored jewels and mirrored embellishments worn against a hot pink and gold ensemble.

Sarah Cheema wears colorful traditional khussay. 11th November, 2019. (Via Sarah Cheema Instagram)

Fashion stylist Maryam Raja rocked an Anarkali style gown and also went for a monochromatic fashion moment in color for wedding season sage or for a Pakistani spin, mehndi green. The color was a prominent feature on the most recent bridal runways at Karachi’s Fashion Pakistan Week.

Maryam Raja. 6th November, 2019. (Via Maryam Raja Instagram)

Another teal look! Stylist Alishay Adnan went for a one-two color punch contrasted a neon hot pink dupatta with a classic wedding guest shirt and trousers ensemble in teal.

Alishay Adnan. 10th November, 2019. (Via Alishay Adnan Instagram)

From lehngas to Anarkali and kaftans Pakistan’s style influencers are opting to go bright for wedding events this wedding season!

Patient Abid cuts his way into cricket history at age 32

Updated 16 December 2019

Patient Abid cuts his way into cricket history at age 32

  • He has long been knocking at the doors of international cricket
  • Abid is now the oldest Pakistani player to score a century on debut

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: Nobody can accuse 32-year-old Abid Ali of not seizing his chances when given them.
Pakistan drew its first test at home in 10 years against Sri Lanka at the Pindi Cricket Stadium after rain washed out more than half of the match, but not before Abid had smashed a century on debut. He was batting at the same venue where Pakistan great Younis Khan scored a century on his test debut in 2000 — also against Sri Lanka.
Abid completed a unique double, becoming the batsman in the history of the sport to score a century in both his ODI and test debuts.
More than 12,000 cricket-starved fans — popularly known as ‘The Pindi Boys’ — enjoyed every moment of the opener’s innings under bright sunshine. He hit an unbeaten 109, featuring 11 fours. Six of those boundaries were his favorite cut shots.
Abid has long been knocking at the doors of international cricket but had to wait patiently until he got his chance in March this year during the limited-overs series.
A scintillating ODI century against Australia in the United Arab Emirates was not enough to convince the selectors that he was ready for the all-important World Cup in England.
But Abid didn’t lose heart and continued to polish his skills at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. He was among the 16-man squad which toured Australia for the recent two-test series but couldn’t fit in new coach Misbah-ul-Haq’s plans. Pakistan returned home after heavy losses at Brisbane and Adelaide, where Abid watched from the sidelines.
Abid’s hopes were raised once again when he was selected for the home series against Sri Lanka, but there were still pundits who didn’t believe he’d get a chance in Rawalpindi.
“I had never grumbled whenever I was ignored,” Abid said. “I have patience. I believed that my time will come ... Thankfully I got my chance and what else you could ask for than a hundred on debut. I waited a long for this very day and here I am.”
Only 5.2 overs could be bowled on the third day and the entire fourth day was washed out due to wet conditions.
Bright sunshine welcomed players on the last day and Abid seized the opportunity Sunday after Sri Lanka declared its first innings at 308-6 once Dhananjaya de Silva had scored his sixth test hundred.
Together with Pakistan’s most reliable batsman Babar Azam, who scored his third test hundred, Abid enthralled fans under perfect batting conditions.
Abid, now the oldest Pakistani player to score a century on debut, said he didn’t want to be compared with the greats of the game.
“I am an ordinary player and I can’t match great players,” he said. “I am Abid Ali and please see me as Abid Ali only.”
But one of those greats has already acknowledged that a star is on the rise in the Pakistan team.
“We call him Legend” in the dressing room, Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis tweeted after Abid’s century.